Register a birth
How to register a birth in Westminster.
Published: 19 January 2021
Last updated: 8 July 2022
Register a birth
You must register your baby before you can get a birth certificate.
Every birth must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.
Register a birth in Westminster
It's best to register the birth at the register office in the district where the baby was born.
If your baby was born in a Westminster hospital or elsewhere in the City of Westminster, for example at home, then you can register your baby at our Register Office.
Hospitals within the City of Westminster
- St Mary’s Hospital
- The Portland Hospital
Local hospitals that are not within the City of Westminster
- University College Hospital - please contact Camden Council
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - please contact the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
- St Thomas’ Hospital - please contact Lambeth Council
There is no fee to register a birth.
Full certificates contain the baby's details and the parents' details. Birth certificates cost £11 each. These can be purchased online during the booking process, and you can collect them at the end of the appointment.
When making a birth registration appointment we recommend pre-ordering 3 to 5 birth certificates.
If the parents are foreign nationals, birth certificates are often required for:
- consulates to register the birth and apply for passports
- government registration of birth in home countries, if applicable
- 1 or 2 to send home to grandparents for safekeeping
We would also advise you to contact your consulate prior to registering the birth to confirm if they keep the original birth certificate or will accept a photocopy.
If the parents are UK nationals, birth certificates are often required for:
- passport applications
- registration at a medical practice
- benefit applications
- school registration
- where parents travelling abroad are required to show parentage if child and parent have different family name or surname
- 1 or 2 for grandparents for safekeeping
You must register your baby’s birth before you can make a claim for Child Benefit.
Find more information on how and why to claim Child Benefit.
Make an appointment
Read the GOV.UK complete guide to registering a birth to find out:
- who can register a birth
- where to register a birth
- what you’ll need to take to your appointment
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